Seven-Run Seventh Pushes Blue Hens Past Saint Joseph’s, 11-6
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball squad produced its fifth consecutive win Tuesday afternoon, defeating Saint Joseph’s 11-6 to capture its seventh straight victory at Bob Hannah Stadium and run its season home mark to 17-3.Delaware hit three home runs, including a grand slam off the bat of third baseman Diaz Nardo (below) as part of a seven-run seventh inning. Other highlights included Jordan Glover going 3 for 5 with a team-high ninth home run of the season in the fourth and Nick Tierno producing a 4 for 5 day.
Delaware (21-13) reliever Kyle Hinton pitched three scoreless innings, striking out five, to earn his first victory of the season.
“I thought Hinton threw great today, coming into a really tough spot,” head coach Jim Sherman said. “At the plate Glover had another nice day, and Tierno produced five really good at-bats. It was nice to see [Nick] Patten hit a home run, because we’ve been working hard on his approach at the plate. Overall another good afternoon for us. Now we just have to keep it going at Elon this weekend in what should be another crucial CAA series for us.”
Saint Joseph’s (12-21) struck first on Tuesday when the Hawks scored a pair of runs in the top of the third. In the fourth, the Hens tied the game at 2-2 on Glover’s home run.
In the fifth, the Hawks loaded the bases with nobody out off reliever Cole Benjamin. Benjamin walked-in the Hawks' third run and allowed an RBI single before he was lifted from the game. Hinton entered the game for Delaware and retired the Hawks next three batters, allowing just a sacrfice fly and striking out two.
In the sixth, Glover led off with a single, bringing up Nick Patten. Patten (at left) took the first pitch he saw deep over the centerfield wall for a two-run home run, cutting SJU lead to 5-4.
After a scoreless seventh from Hinton, the Hens bats exploded for seven runs in the bottom half of the inning. Blue Hens outfielder Kevin Mohollen tripled to lead off the inning and later scored on an RBI single by Tierno.
After a walk, an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Jeremy Ake loaded the bases for Glover. Glover came through, hitting an RBI single to left that gave Delaware a 6-5 lead.
Calvin Scott then contributed an RBI single before Nardo delivered the big blow of the inning when he deposited the ball over the left field wall for a grand slam. The homer gave the Hens an 11-5 lead.
The win was the 496th of Sherman's Delaware career and improved the Hens to a season-high seven games above .500.
The Hens return to the diamond on Friday night at 6 p.m. at Elon.
• Delaware is now batting .324 so far this season.
• The Hens are batting .362 at home so far this season, outscoring opponents 215-101 at Bob Hannah Stadium.
• The Hens are 8-1 this season when hitting two or more home runs.
• Delaware produced 10 hits or more for 21st time. The Hens produced at least 10 hits in all five games this home stand.
• The Hens improved to 16-2 when scoring at least eight runs, and 12-1 when scoring 10 or more.
• Nardo reached base for the 28th consecutive game.
• Glover has five homers in his last 14 games and has hit a blast in back-to-back games.
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